I was born and raised in Southern California and so whenever I come back after traveling I will immediately crave Mexican food and In-n-out. I attended Cal Poly Pomona and Talbot Seminary, and my home church is Evergreen Baptist Church SGV. I am half Chinese, half Japanese, and fourth generation American.
Current Ministry Assignment
Missional Partner Associate since 2016
Advice for Potential Missionaries
My advice would be to communicate with your home church from the start so that they are aware and can be a key part in training, support, and partnership. Also sense the Lord in direction for training, for example I felt that Seminary and Perspectives class provided necessary foundation. Of course, research and talk to people at the organizations you’re considering partnering with. All of this, of course, by prayer.
When in Japan, be sure to...
...check out the onsen (public bath) with a local Japanese friend, if you’re brave enough. I think it’s worth the experience and a great way to learn about Japanese culture.
Especially Meaningful Aspects of Ministry:
I had the opportunity to intern for a social enterprise called Nozomi (hope) Project in Ishinomaki, Japan where they recycle broken pottery collected from the wake of the 2011 disaster, and transform the shards into beautiful Jewelry. Local women were hired to provide an income for their families and a community to bring healing and hope for their futures. I feel honored to have been accepted for a short season into the lives of these people at Nozomi Project.
Hopes for the Future:
I hope to learn as much as I can while I’m studying Japanese at language school. Another hope is that I can partner with people, churches, or organizations to fight human trafficking and the sex industry in Japan.